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Excited-State Properties for Extended Systems: Efficient Hybrid Density Functional Methods


Hehn, Anna-Sophia; Sertcan, Beliz; Belleflamme, Fabian; Chulkov, Sergey K; Watkins, Matthew B; Hutter, Jürg (2022). Excited-State Properties for Extended Systems: Efficient Hybrid Density Functional Methods. Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, 18(7):4186-4202.

Abstract

Time-dependent density functional theory has become state-of-the-art for describing photophysical and photochemical processes in extended materials because of its affordable cost. The inclusion of exact exchange was shown to be essential for the correct description of the long-range asymptotics of electronic interactions and thus a well-balanced description of valence, Rydberg, and charge-transfer excitations. Several approaches for an efficient treatment of exact exchange have been established for the ground state, while implementations for excited-state properties are rare. Furthermore, the high computational costs required for excited-state properties in comparison to ground-state computations often hinder large-scale applications on periodic systems with hybrid functional accuracy. We therefore propose two approximate schemes for improving computational efficiency for the treatment of exact exchange. Within the auxiliary density matrix method (ADMM), exact exchange is estimated using a relatively small auxiliary basis and the introduced basis set incompleteness error is compensated by an exchange density functional correction term. Benchmark results for a test set of 35 molecules demonstrate that the mean absolute error introduced by ADMM is smaller than 0.3 pm for excited-state bond lengths and in the range of 0.02-0.04 eV for vertical excitation, adiabatic excitation, and fluorescence energies. Computational timings for a series of covalent-organic frameworks demonstrate that a speed-up of at least 1 order of magnitude can be achieved for excited-state geometry optimizations in comparison to conventional hybrid functionals. The second method is to use a semiempirical tight binding approximation for both Coulomb and exchange contributions to the excited-state kernel. This simplified Tamm-Dancoff approximation (sTDA) achieves an accuracy comparable to approximated hybrid density functional theory when referring to highly accurate coupled-cluster reference data. We find that excited-state bond lengths deviate by 1.1 pm on average and mean absolute errors in vertical excitation, adiabatic excitation, and fluorescence energies are in the range of 0.2-0.5 eV. In comparison to ADMM-approximated hybrid functional theory, sTDA accelerates the computation of broad-band excitation spectra by 1 order of magnitude, suggesting its potential use for large-scale screening purposes.

Abstract

Time-dependent density functional theory has become state-of-the-art for describing photophysical and photochemical processes in extended materials because of its affordable cost. The inclusion of exact exchange was shown to be essential for the correct description of the long-range asymptotics of electronic interactions and thus a well-balanced description of valence, Rydberg, and charge-transfer excitations. Several approaches for an efficient treatment of exact exchange have been established for the ground state, while implementations for excited-state properties are rare. Furthermore, the high computational costs required for excited-state properties in comparison to ground-state computations often hinder large-scale applications on periodic systems with hybrid functional accuracy. We therefore propose two approximate schemes for improving computational efficiency for the treatment of exact exchange. Within the auxiliary density matrix method (ADMM), exact exchange is estimated using a relatively small auxiliary basis and the introduced basis set incompleteness error is compensated by an exchange density functional correction term. Benchmark results for a test set of 35 molecules demonstrate that the mean absolute error introduced by ADMM is smaller than 0.3 pm for excited-state bond lengths and in the range of 0.02-0.04 eV for vertical excitation, adiabatic excitation, and fluorescence energies. Computational timings for a series of covalent-organic frameworks demonstrate that a speed-up of at least 1 order of magnitude can be achieved for excited-state geometry optimizations in comparison to conventional hybrid functionals. The second method is to use a semiempirical tight binding approximation for both Coulomb and exchange contributions to the excited-state kernel. This simplified Tamm-Dancoff approximation (sTDA) achieves an accuracy comparable to approximated hybrid density functional theory when referring to highly accurate coupled-cluster reference data. We find that excited-state bond lengths deviate by 1.1 pm on average and mean absolute errors in vertical excitation, adiabatic excitation, and fluorescence energies are in the range of 0.2-0.5 eV. In comparison to ADMM-approximated hybrid functional theory, sTDA accelerates the computation of broad-band excitation spectra by 1 order of magnitude, suggesting its potential use for large-scale screening purposes.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > Computer Science Applications
Physical Sciences > Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords:Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Computer Science Applications
Language:English
Date:12 July 2022
Deposited On:07 Oct 2022 10:52
Last Modified:29 Jan 2024 02:45
Publisher:American Chemical Society (ACS)
ISSN:1549-9618
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.2c00144
PubMed ID:35759470
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID51NF40-182892
  • : Project TitleNCCR MARVEL: Materialsâ�� Revolution: Computational Design and Discovery of Novel Materials (phase II)
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID798196
  • : Project TitleMOFdynamics - Investigating metal-organic frameworks using excited-state dynamics and theoretical spectroscopy